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Inflight sued by American Airlines over royalty payment issue

Fort Worth-based American Airlines filed a lawsuit on July 7 against Inflight Productions USA, Inc., the company that provides the airline’s in-flight music, over a royalty dispute, NBC DFW reported.

The lawsuit stemmed from a complaint by Sony Music Entertainment to American Airlines that the airline was not paying for the use of copyrighted music and therefore infringing on its intellectual property rights. In response, American Airlines took to a Tarrant County District Court to argue that Inflight was contractually obligated to obtain licenses and pay royalties for the music used on the airline. The lawsuit is asking that a judge determine that Inflight should be the one made to pay the damages Sony is asking for–not American Airlines.

Our attorneys at Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., handle intellectual property cases in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas.  We also provide legal representation for clients in patent infringement litigation. Call our offices today at (214) 824-1414 to discuss your situation and our legal services.

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